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What can and can’t go down the drain

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Have you given your drains any thought recently? If you’re like most homeowners, chances are you simply send the water down and don’t give it a second thought. Yet drains perform an important function in your home, and they need a little bit of attention to keep them working properly. Without a little bit of attention, you can end up with a clog that is difficult to handle, leaving you with backed-up or slow-moving drains. As long as you take the right measures at home, however, you can avoid these serious issues. Here’s a closer look at some dos and don’ts of taking care of your drains.


Doesn’t matter if you cleaning up after a party from last night, or simply pouring out a beer in disgust, a lot of us tend to pour alcohol down our sink pipes at an alarmingly high rate. For the most part, it is OK. If the substance is at a concentration of less than 24%, then everything is fine and dandy. Only when the concentration is higher is it not allowed. Check the concentration of the substance and be sure to follow the rules.

Grease & Oil

We all love cooking with grease. Not only does it help to make cooking a whole easier, but it also tastes great. It probably isn’t that good for your body, though, and it certainly isn’t good for your drains. Most of us know that grease or oils are bad for the system, but many are not aware that if the concentration is below 500mg, then it is OK. Only when the concentration is higher than this should the excess grease or oil be disposed of in the normal trash. Do not put it down the pipe, or bad things are going to happen.

Eggshells & coffee grinds

We decided to put these two together since they so often go together at breakfast. We often get people asking if it is OK to put their leftover breakfast stuff down the sink. The answer is absolutely not ever. You might get away with it once, but chances are you won’t. These things are not good for the system and can cause backups, overflows, and other sorts of nasty problems that will have us at your doorstep a lot more often than you want.

Our professionals are some of the best in the business. They are experienced, punctual, and some of the friendliest around. If you want to spend more time with them, then feel free to put bad things down your drain because they will be spending a lot of time at your home in the future if you do. If you want to have a healthy system, then remember what can and can’t go down the drain.

For Drain Services, Trust Mattioni Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc.

If you have made any of these drain care mistakes, or if you are noticing that your drains are running slowly, the team at Mattioni Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. is ready to assist. We have licensed plumbers with the right tools to inspect your drains, including the use of camera inspections, to find the root of the problem. With visual evidence, we can more easily address the problem and provide a workable repair solution.

Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our drain cleaning and inspection services at Mattioni Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc.

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